Once a paper-and-pen exercise, technology is now helping the World Bank and countries they work with produce more and better data on poverty, which in turn gives policymakers better evidence to base decisions on. Click for examples from Mexico, South Sudan and Tajikistan.
Compassionate Cities is a Council initiative to raise awareness about ways communities can reduce suffering and improve the lives of vulnerable populations through the use of digital technologies already being applied to solve other city challenges. Click here to learn more about the initiative – and scroll down for articles highlighting how technology is helping the homeless, the hungry, the disabled and other people in need around the world.
Entrepreneurs, startups and nonprofits are invited to apply for a spot in the Smart City Works fall 2017 cohort designed to accelerate their solutions focused on key urban infrastructure challenges – from use of urban data and IoT technologies to supporting at-risk populations.
A Seattle nonprofit crunched the numbers from the AP College Board and found the number of girls taking the AP computer science exam doubled this year over 2016 and the number of minorities nearly tripled. But Code.org's CEO says there's still more work to do.
Think tank CGAP wants to illustrate the impact that financial inclusion and microfinance have in improving the lives of low-income people through its annual photo contest. Click for details.
Homeless camps have grown 30% in Oakland in the last two years. They're growing in Honolulu too, prompting one councilman to propose armed park rangers to keep public spaces safe. Is that the solution? Are there better ones? Learn what cities from Anchorage to Sydney are doing.
Panasonic's Kid Witness News educational program is now in 18 countries, supplying schools with video production equipment that enables students to report on the world through their eyes. Next week the company hosts its first KWN summit in Japan. It promises to be eye-opening; find out why.
A post from the UK offers a fascinating glimpse at 24 technologies that could potentially improve a lot of lives. We provide a peek at five that are focused on wellness, including a Skype-like app for older folks and 3D printed bionic hands for amputees.
From the rapid growth of social impact investing to the emergence of artificial intelligence apps created by tech-oriented nonprofits, we're seeing some fascinating developments in the human services sector. Click for a look.
Mention smart cities and most think of big cities steeped in the Internet of Things, with free Wi-Fi hotspots on every corner. But if the goal is to use smart technologies to improve lives and livelihoods, small rural communities have some big needs. Read what companies like AT&T and Microsoft are doing about that.
Shanghai Rescue Station uses advanced technologies to help locate the families of the homeless and mentally ill people it rescues every year, including seniors and children. And it's working; read how DNA testing helped reunite a daughter with her 70-year-old father after he'd been missing 20 years.